University of Bergen

Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

Project Manager at Centre of Excellence - Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour (SapienCE)

The Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour (SapienCE), funded by the Centre of Excellence Schemes (CoE), and based at the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion (AHKR), University of Bergen (UiB), has a vacancy for a permanent post as a Project Manager (PM).

About CoE schemes and SapienCE
The CoE schemes, funded by the Research Council of Norway, gives the best scientists the opportunity to establish research centres in order to reach ambitious scientific goals within a defined period. The emphasis of these centres is on excellence and long-term research goals that meet the highest international criteria.

The SapienCE Centre of Excellence (CoE), directed by Professor Christopher Henshilwood, ( will focus on the behavioural origins of Homo sapiens in southern Africa between 100,000-50,000 years ago. The core research within the CoE is led by the Leader Group comprising five Principal Investigators and the Director. Our inter-disciplinary team of scientists, at UiB and at the facilities of our international partners, will integrate high-resolution records of early human cultural, social, technological and subsistence behaviours with innovative geo-archaeological, climate and cognitive data models. This holistic approach will provide ground-breaking insight into the diverse aspects of what it means to be human.

At startup on October 1st, 2017, the CoE administration will, in addition to the PM, comprise the equivalent of two full time positions, and the functions are embedded in the department and faculty administrative staff. The Head of Administration at AHKR will be the PM’s immediate administrative superior. The PM will report daily and be accountable to the Centre Leader.

A job description is available that provides additional information about the tasks of the Project Manager position and the qualification requirements. This can be obtained by emailing your details to

The PM will both conduct and coordinate all administrative services connected to the CoE. The PM will coordinate and supervise the CoE-administration on a daily basis in accordance with the requirements of the CoE Board, Centre Director and Leader Group. Financial management, research management, and reporting and information flow will be the most important tasks.

Applicants must have a Master's degree or PhD. Leader-experience and relevant job-experience is a foremost requirement. Applicants must have in-depth knowledge and experience within research administration in the University/Research sector, a good understanding of organization and the various roles of personnel in this sector, as well as an intimate knowledge of the requirements associated with internationally oriented scientific research. The PM will have excellent communicating skills and fluency (written/oral) in both English and Norwegian or other Scandinavian language.

Personal skills
The PM must have good cooperation skills, be able to: work well independently, be structured and goal oriented, and must have the skills needed to organize, coordinate and prioritise across multiple administrative fields. The PM must be flexible and service-oriented, and be available to travel on business. The incumbent must be comfortable working in a highly demanding, international environment, and coping with complex assignments. In assessing the applicants, emphasis is placed on the personal qualities required for this position.

We offer

  • A professionally stimulating work environment, challenging assignments and the capacity for personal development
  • The opportunity to work with highly-ranked, international scientists
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Bergen’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities
  • Salary at pay grade 58-66 (code 1113) in the state salary scale. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 499 600-579 300 p.a. before taxes, depending on qualifications. A higher salary may be considered for a particularly well-qualified applicants.

  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IW).

General information
For additional information about the tasks of the Project Manager position and the qualification requirements contact Britt Kristin Holsen, Head of Administration, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, telephone +47 90 93 31 75.

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore an aim. Candidates with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

Application and CV must be sent electronically via link on this page «SEARCH POSITION». The application must tell about your motivation for the position, why you apply, and why you fit the position. Certified copies of diplomas and certificates must be submitted.

Application deadline: 25 August 2017

The application must be marked: 17/8859

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